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Protecting Baby Against Flu

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Babies younger than 6 months are at high risk for serious complications from the flu. Because they are too young to be vaccinated, consider the following steps to help protect your baby:

  • Get flu vaccine for yourself
  • Make sure caregivers and siblings older than 6 months are vaccinated
  • Keep baby away from others who are sick
  • Wash hands frequently and cover a cough
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces in home

If your child becomes ill, check with your pediatrician before giving over-the-counter medication. When recommended, measure liquid medication with provided syringe, dropper or measuring cup. If none comes with medication, request one from your pharmacist or pediatrician. Never use a kitchen spoon to measure medication.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/infantcare.htm

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/medication-safety/Pages/Using-Liquid-Medicines.aspx